According to the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual, seniors staffers are required to receive formal training on “identifying and marking” classified material “an on annual basis.” However, according to internal records obtained by the Daily Caller, Hillary Clinton received just one formal training session during her four years as secretary of state:
Clinton’s sole briefing occurred on January 22, the day after the Senate confirmed her to the post. On that date, as the nation’s top diplomat, Clinton signed a document acknowledging she received a security briefing.
“I hereby acknowledge that I have received a security indoctrination concerning the nature and protection of SCI,” or the nation’s highest classified materials, was part of the pledge in the document.
But there is no evidence that she received any briefings after that, according to the documents provided to TheDCNF by the State Department. The department’s Foreign Assistance Manual requires all State Department employees to receive regular security training at least once a year.
An official who spoke with the Daily Caller said the fact that Clinton was only briefed once is “inconsistent” with usual practices:
“It is certainly inconsistent with practices as I have known it for cabinet members,” he said. “If there is only one instance of her being briefed and nothing for the next four years, then I would consider that to be a lapse in security protocol, even at that level. Even the secretary needs to be reminded from time to time.”
“Someone was responsible for making sure that she was compliant with the various rules and regulations,” he said. “And if there’s no record of that, that probably means it didn’t happen.”
He also intoned that “you set standards from the top,” and because Clinton decided that she was “special and this is inconvenient” it sent “a different signal to the work force.”
Imagine what kind of example she’ll set if she gets into the White House?